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Best trails in Great Swamp National Wildlife Refuge

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Looking for a great trail in Great Swamp National Wildlife Refuge, New Jersey? AllTrails has 5 great hiking trails, walking trails and more, with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers, and nature lovers like you. Just looking to take a quick stroll? We've got 4 easy trails in Great Swamp National Wildlife Refuge ranging from 1.3 to 4.5 miles and from 232 to 249 feet above sea level. Start checking them out and you'll be out on the trail in no time!
Description

The Great Swamp National Wildlife Refuge (NWR) is one of more than 560 refuges in the National Wildlife Refuge System that is administered by the Department of the Interior's U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. Great Swamp is here to conserve its natural resources for the America public while protecting threatened and endangered species for future generations. The National Wildlife Refuge System is a network of lands and waters managed specifically for the protection of wildlife and its habitat. It represents the most comprehensive wildlife management program in the world. The Great Swamp NWR is located in Morris County, New Jersey, about 26 miles west of Manhattan's Times Square. The refuge was established by an act of Congress on November 3, 1960. Today the refuge consists of 7,768 acres of varied habitats, and the refuge has become an important resting and feeding area for more than 244 species of birds. Fox, deer, muskrat, turtles, fish, frogs and a wide variety of wildflowers and plants can be found on the refuge. In 1966, the National Park Service designated Great Swamp NWR a registered National Natural Landmark under the provisions of the Historic Sites Act of 1935. The refuge was chosen for the registry as an

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Map of trails in Great Swamp National Wildlife Refuge
Park information
Park hours
Monday
All day
Tuesday
12:00 am - 4:00 pm
Wednesday
12:00 am - 4:00 pm
Thursday
12:00 am - 4:00 pm
Friday
12:00 am - 4:00 pm
Saturday
10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Sunday
10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Contact
(973) 425-1222
Top trails (5)
#1 - Great Swamp Wilderness - Orange Trail
Great Swamp National Wildlife Refuge
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Length: 4.4 mi • Est. 1 h 47 m
Pleasant and appropriate for young children well marked flat trail with interesting loops and a few wood bridges. Depending on the recent rain fall expect every .5 mile to have a wide muddy spot so boots not tennis shoes are the order of the day, and in the fall lots of insects. Flat fair through mixed wood and muddy patches. Several parkinglots allowing for different starts. The one near Long Hill Rd and Pleasantville Rd is easy and clear. The trail head at Woodland is often very overgrown, long pants required.Show more
#2 - Bird-Blinds Loop
Great Swamp National Wildlife Refuge
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Length: 1.7 mi • Est. 41 m
#3 - The Great Swamp Blue, Yellow and Ivory Trails
Great Swamp National Wildlife Refuge
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Length: 2.6 mi • Est. 1 h 3 m
#4 - Orange and Red Loop Trails
Great Swamp National Wildlife Refuge
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Length: 1.3 mi • Est. 32 m
#5 - Great Swamp Blue Trail
Great Swamp National Wildlife Refuge
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Length: 4.5 mi • Est. 1 h 51 m